Two Mac Tricks I Love (that you might not even know about)

I’ve been a Mac user since August, so these two tricks may be old news for some of you, but for me, they were game-changers.

1. Zoom-in while presenting

It seems that during any presentation, the speaker will say something like, “If you look at the top right of the screen,” and attempt to describe something in the presentation display. If only the presenter could zoom in on a slide during the presentation… But he can! Check it out:

 

2. Create audio files from text

By highlighting text and right-clicking, you can turn any text into an iTunes audio file. This is great for personal use (listening to blog posts, for example), and it’s also great to help students who might be struggling readers.

Turn an article, PDF, or blog post (like the one pictured below) into an audio file like this:

 

Blog Post

 

Watch the short tutorial below to learn how:

I’m loving having a Mac, and these are just two of my favorite newly-discovered Mac tricks. It seems like I discover something new every day (or at least every week).

What do you think? Have any tricks you’d like to share? Comment below.

 

Evernote Use #18- Curate and Share Information w/ a Shared Notebook #50EduEvernote

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting 50 different ways school administrators and educators can use Evernote to be more organized and more effective. I’ll be using #50EduEvernote on Twitter to further this discussion and share ideas. If you’d like, click here to follow me on Twitter.

Evernote Use #18- Curate and Share Information w/ a Shared Notebook

As an English teacher, I used a shared notebook to provide my students resources, study guides, homework assignments, helpful links, video tutorials, school handouts, and any other helpful information. I shared the notebook with my students and also made the notebook public and shared the URL with my students’ parents (click here to see a sample shared classroom notebook).

As an administrator, I created a shared notebook notebook to share resources, helpful links, video tutorials, school information, and any other helpful materials with our faculty. I invited each faculty member individually, but I did not create a public URL because some of the information shared needs to be kept in-house.

I also created a shared notebook for our administration team to use for discipline documentation, field trip requests, technology issues, insightful articles, and any other information that would benefit our administration team. I invited each of our administrators to join.

Creating a shared notebook is quick and easy to do.

Create and Share a Notebook

Create and Share a Notebook with Specific Individuals

The invitees will receive an email asking to join the notebook. Once they join, the notebook will be synced with their Evernote account, so anytime you add content to the notebook, they will see the updates.

If you’re looking for a great way to share information, consider using shared notebooks. You’ll just need to decide if you want to share the notebooks with individuals (meaning the invitee will need to have an Evernote account) or if you want to share the notebook with a public URL (anyone has access to the notebook and no Evernote account is required to view the notebook).

 

 

Evernote Use #16- Use Web Clipper to Save & Share Articles #50EduEvernote

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting 50 different ways school administrators and educators can use Evernote to be more organized and more effective. I’ll be using #50EduEvernote on Twitter to further this discussion and share ideas. If you’d like, click here to follow me on Twitter.

Evernote Use #16- Use Web Clipper to Save and Share Articles  #50EduEvernote

Yesterday I shared how I use Evernote Clearly to read, annotate, and save online articles. I use Clearly often for reading, but when it comes to quickly saving and/or sharing an article, I use Evernote Web Clipper.

The two extensions have many of the same features, so you’re not going to go wrong choosing either. If you choose to download only one, the Web Clipper is the one you probably will use most often.

When you come across an article you’d like to save and/or share, it’s a great idea to clip it to Evernote so you’ll always have a copy (not just the link). You’ll notice in the article below, the ads and side links are all visible– making it look a little cluttered for saving. Simply clipping the Evernote Web Clipper extension solves the problem.

Online article (original site)

Online article (original site)

Once you click the extension, a side menu will appear.

Evernote Web Clipper (Evernote for Mac)

Evernote Web Clipper (Evernote for Mac)

Web Clipper gives you two options– share or save. The cool thing is, when you share the article, you can do both.

Save or Share w/ Evernote Web Clipper (Evernote for Mac)

Save or Share w/ Evernote Web Clipper (Evernote for Mac)

If you switch to the Evernote link, you’ll be able to share the note’s URL which will look like this:

Shared URL

Shared URL

Especially when sharing articles with students, it’s important for me to eliminate any distractions or inappropriate ads. Click here to view the entire shared Evernote note.

I use the Evernote Web Clipper every time I come across an article I’d like to save and/or share. I put the note in my “Articles” notebook and tag it accordingly (i.e., “leadership” or “creativity” or “Ed Tech”). I often share the articles with colleagues using the note’s URL or by emailing the specific note.

The Evernote Web Clipper is an essential web extension for your browser. Be sure to download it today!

If you’re new to Evernote or would like to convince a friend to give it a shot, they can sign up here and receive a free month of Evernote Premium.